Friday, September 16, 2011

Live Music Preview: The Shondes at Club Congress, Sunday, September 18th

Coming straight outta' Brooklyn with a fistful of driving post-punk chords and drums, dressed up with some dapper-yet-rebellious strings, yet still drunk on riot grrrl vocals, The Shondes are gracing the Old Pueblo with an early post-sunset (and monsoon?) appearance this Sunday night at Club Congress (7pm doors, $5 cover). With one EP (Line & Hooks + 2) and two albums (My Dear One, The Red Sea) already under their genderqueer belts, they've decided to embark on an ambitious national Fall tour and are performing with local female-fronted critic darlings Seashell Radio.

Shondes' lead singer Louisa Solomon's vocals (she's also on the bass--hot!) are demanding yet feminine. She exudes naked, raw emotion, leaving one feeling like they've read a dairy they weren't supposed to. Violinist Elijah Oberman lends searing strings, adding an element of refined anarchy. Throw in Fureigh's bold riffs; Temim Fruchter's pounding exclamation points; a penchant for political wordplay; and a Jewish upbringing, and there you have a band ready to bend your heart in the best, queerest kinda' of way.

With doors at 7pm, don't be late and miss openers Seashell Radio; more info at Club Congress. $5 in advance or the day of, 21+ with a valid ID. 7 p.m. Bring your dancing shoes and your misplaced blues.

Download the Shondes track "Ocean To Ocean" for free here.
Check out the trailer for their upcoming album, Searchlights, set for a September 20th release date, here. (Bug 'em for a new copy at the Congress show!)

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